Red Wine Mee Sua

Red Wine Mee Sua

Red wine ‘mee sua’ is a speciality soup noodle dish originating from Fujian, China and usually made using Foochow red rice wine. Instead, this recipe uses red wine which you can get from every supermarket. The taste is just as amazing.

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Preparation 30 mins
Cooking 45 mins




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A bowl of red wine ‘mee sua’ is nutritious yet delicious. With origins in Fujian China, the dish gained its popularity in Malaysian cities such as Setiawan, Sibu and Bintulu where there are big Foochow/Fuzhou communities. Singaporeans enjoy this wheat noodle dish as well.

Growing up, I enjoy having this dish each time my mother makes it simply because of its hearty flavours. It is perfect as a fulfilling meal especially when the weather is cold and rainy. I always thought that cooking the dish is complicated but little did I know, it's easy with a little twist to the original recipe. Rest assured, the taste is not compromised despite the simplicity. Moreover, red wine is known to have a high amount of antioxidants which is linked to improving health. Therefore, there is no reason not to try this red soup noodles, right?

What is mee sua and can it be substituted?

Mee sua is a type of wheat noodle made popular within the Chinese community in Singapore and Malaysia. Besides Southeast Asia, these noodles are known in Taiwan and Mainland China. It is also spelled as misua or miswa and has a very similar appearance to vermicelli noodles but tastes very different as mee sua is made using wheat while the later uses rice. Alkaline soda is added into the dough when making mee sua to prevent them from breaking during the shaping process.

These special noodles are often served during Chinese New Year, weddings, birthdays or a baby's full moon celebration. You can find them in larger supermarkets and wet markets in Malaysia and Singapore. They are also widely available in China and Taiwan.

Of course, you can substitute it with other types of noodles but the best choice would be plain wheat noodles made without eggs. If you like them homemade, try this easy recipe.

Prevent mee sua from soaking up all the broth

It's advisable to boil the mee sua in the broth shortly before serving. Otherwise, the dish will appear dry as the noodles will soak up the broth leaving very little behind. You may also boil them separately in another pot using plain water, drainand then pour the broth over them. Just remember to drain any excess water before adding the broth to the noodles. That way, the broth will not be diluted.

Why use Western red wine instead of red glutinous rice wine?

Red glutinous rice wine is a traditional ingredient which might be tough to source. In Singapore, you may be able to find it in supermarkets like NTUC, Fairprice or Sheng Shiong. As for Malaysia, one may find it easier to get it at local wet markets or in towns such as Setiawan or Sibu where the dish is more common.

Western red wine, on the other hand is widely available. It could be Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or just any type of red wine. While it may seem unthinkable, the sweetness of red wine is close to that of the red glutinous rice wine which is also sweet. This makes the flavours of the other ingredients more present.

If you are concern of the flavour being too strong, reduce the amount of wine to about 500ml or more. The best way is to slowly add in the wine to suit your taste.

Can water be used instead of vegetable stock?

Vegetable stock helps to give a delicious base flavour to the soup. You can substitute it with meat based broth too. Of course, plain water would work as well but you'll need to flavour it with more salt, sugar and pepper. A little bit more soy sauce might also do the trick.

Is this dish suitable for children?

Yes, certainly. Don't be concerned of the alcohol content from the red wine as alcohol evaporates at 78 degrees Celsius. Since the soup is boiled, there won't be any alcohol left in the dish.


shiitake mushroom(s)
black fungus/mu-er mushroom(s)
red dates
100 g
6 tbsp
2 1⁄2 l
broth (vegetable)
750 ml
red wine
3 tbsp
soy sauce
8 g
Cordycep flowers
mee sua

Steps to Prepare

Red Wine Mee Sua Step 1

Step 1 of 5

    • 5 shiitake mushroom(s)
    • 2 black fungus/mu-er mushroom(s)
    • 6 red dates
    • 100 g ginger

Soak the dried black fungus and dried shitake mushrooms in hot water for about 20 minutes or until soft. Meanwhile, pit the dates and cut ginger into thin strips.

Red Wine Mee Sua Step 2

Step 2 of 5

    • 2 egg(s)

Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Turn off the stove. Put raw eggs into the pot and cover with the lid. Wait for about 8 minutes before removing the eggs. Peel and set them aside.

Red Wine Mee Sua Step 3

Step 3 of 5

    • 6 tbsp oil

In a larger pot, heat oil over low heat to stir-fry ginger until golden brown and fragrant. Set them aside. Remember to remove ginger before they get too browned as they will continue browning even after removed from pan.

Red Wine Mee Sua Step 4

Step 4 of 5

    • 2 1⁄2 l broth (vegetable)
    • 750 ml red wine
    • 3 tbsp soy sauce
    • 8 g Cordycep flowers
    • salt
    • pepper

Using the same pot, discard excess oil. Add vegetable stock, soy sauce, red wine, sliced fungus, Shiitake mushrooms, red dates, goji berries and cordyceps flowers. Boil broth for about 40 minutes over low-medium heat. Then, add salt and pepper to taste.

Red Wine Mee Sua Step 5

Step 5 of 5

    • mee sua
    • coriander

Cook mee sua in the red wine broth until softened. It takes approximately 4-5 minutes. Place noodles in a bowl along with some red wine broth. Garnish with a halved hard-boiled egg, some coriander leaves and fried ginger strips.

Published: March 28, 2020

2 Discussions

Michael Chuah
4 years ago

Michael Chuah

Hi Karin, I'm interested in making this recipe. The only thing I am not sure is the step 4 which is 2.5 litre vegetable broth. How do you prepare that? Any video for this Red wine recipe and also vegetable broth? Thanks

4 years ago


HEY MICHAEL! Thanks for asking and clarifying! there are two ways you could do to make this vegetable broth . It's either: 1. Using the instant vegetable stock granules and boil with 2.5 litres of water or, 2. Boiling from scratch with (3 litres of water, 1 whole white radish, 3 whole leeks, 5-6 shitake mushrooms, 1 whole onion, 3-4 pcs of dried kelp pieces for 2 hours or so) Hope it helps! :)

4 years ago


and as for the red wine listed in the recipe (unlike the red yeast wine typically used), i used angmoh red wine instead. its a diff take :)

Michael Chuah
4 years ago

Michael Chuah

Thanks for the clarification. Will most likely use instant vegetable stock granules. Suggested stock granules amount?

4 years ago


around 1-2 tablespoon full, but you can adjust more or less according to taste :)

4 years ago


Can we use Chinese ginger wine (use during confinement) instead of red wine ?

4 years ago


Hey there! Haven't personally tried but I think it can work. Let me know if you've tried, would like to know how it went!

4 years ago


Alright ! Will update u again.

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